Board of Directors

Home → About → Board of Directors

Bob Funk

Chairman of the Board
CEO – Express Personnel Services

Robert A. Funk is Founder, President, and Vice Chairman of the Board of Express Employment Professionals. Prior to co-founding Express, Funk gained experience with Acme Personnel Services, beginning as a personnel consultant and then climbing the ranks to first vice president.

Funk graduated from Seattle Pacific University (SPU) with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and theology. He continued his graduate studies at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, and received his master’s degree in business administration and theology from SPU. He holds three honorary degrees: an honorary doctor of public service from his alma mater Seattle Pacific University awarded in 1995; an honorary doctor of law presented by Oklahoma Baptist University in 2000; and an honorary doctor of law presented by Southern Nazarene University in 2001.

Professional Memberships and Honors

  • Oklahoma Hall of Fame Inductee, 2017
  • Staffing 100 Hall of Fame, Staffing Industry Review, 2017
  • Impact OKC, Man of the Year, 2015
  • Oklahoma State University Division of Agriculture Sciences and Natural Resources Champion Award, 2014
  • Sales and Marketing Executives International (SMEI) Hall of Fame Inductee
  • International Franchise Association Hall of Fame, 2010
  • Chairman of the Conference of Chairmen, Federal Reserve Bank System, 2007
  • Chairman of the Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank, serving the Tenth District, 2006-2007
  • International Franchising Association (IFA), Board Member
  • IFA Educational Foundation, Board of Trustees
  • IFA Entrepreneur of the Year Award, 2000
  • Sales and Marketing Executives International, Board of Trustees and Charter Honoree

Community Involvement

  • National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, Former Chairman of the Board and Member
  • Greater Oklahoma City Chamber, Former Chairman of the Board and Member
  • Oklahoma Youth Expo, Chairman of the Board of Directors
  • Oklahoma Baptist University (OBU), Former Chairman of the Board of Trustees
  • Business Affairs Committee at OBU, Former Chairman
  • President’s Council at OBU, Lifetime Member
  • Oklahoma Christian University of Science and Arts, Business Advisory Council
  • Oklahoma Independent College Foundation, Board Member
  • Allied Arts Circle Club, Member and Former Co-chairman
  • Prix de West Society, Former Chairman of the Awards Committee
  • The University of Edinburgh’s James Clerk Maxwell Patron’s Club, Member

Jimmy Harrel

Vice Chairman of The Board of Directors

Jimmy Harrel, Leedey, Oklahoma, has been involved in agriculture and business since early childhood. As a young boy, he learned to rope and ride, farm on a Ford tractor, and tend to horses and cattle along side his father and brothers. He became a business man when he sat with his father at the area cattle sale barns and learned to raise his arm and bid on and purchase his first calves for wheat pasture.

Jimmy Harrel graduated from Leedey High School and from Oklahoma State University with a double major in Animal Science and Agriculture Education. High school FFA projects of livestock showing and judging led him into college agriculture experiences. As a two year member of the OSU Livestock Judging team, traveling across the nation. Second high Individual at Chicago was a highlight of his judging. He taught Vocational Agriculture and served as an administrator then returned to ranching.

In 1985, he became an owner of the Bank of Western Oklahoma in Elk City, Oklahoma, and developed it into one of the premium agriculture lending banks in the state. The Bank Of Western Oklahoma, is known for its fair dealing, as the motto indicates, “Where a handshake is a binding contract.” The Bank of Western Oklahoma is now located in Weatherford, Woodward, Vici, Cordell, Elk City, and Geary, Oklahoma.

Jimmy has served on the following board and commissions:

  • Local and Dewey County Fair Boards
  • Member of the Oklahoma Wildlife Commission, Chairman of the Board
  • Member of the State Board of Agriculture, Chairman of the Board
  • Member of the Board of Regents for A & M Colleges, Chairman of the Board
  • Presently serves as a Member of the Board of Regents of Higher Education and has served as Chairman of the Board
  • Named to Oklahoma Task Force Team
  • Member of the Oklahoma Tax Evaluation Ad Hoc Commission State Opinion Leader Team
  • Ag Leadership Team to Mexico
  • Oklahoma Quarter Horse Association
  • American Quarter Horse Association
  • OSU Alumni Association
  • OSU Animal Science Alumni Association – Jimmy has been recognized and awarded in the following areas: OSU Outstanding Animal Science Alumni
  • State and National FFA Business Man of the Year
  • Dewey County Farm Bureau Farm Family of the Year
  • Oklahoma Youth Expo Show Honoree
  • Woodward District Show Honoree
  • Oklahoma 4-H Outstanding Alumni
  • VIP Award, Oklahoma FFA Association
  • Dewey County Hall of Fame member
  • Honorary FFA degree Oklahoma FFA Association
  • Honorary FFA degrees from Leedey, Elk City, Geary, Cordell, Merritt, Canute and Taloga FFA chapters
  • Owner Award Quarter Horse of the Meet, Remington Park, Okla. City Owner Award Quarter Horse of the Meet, Ruidoso Downs Race Track, N.M.
  • AQHA owner award World Champion Colt 2010

Jimmy Harrel has been instrumental in promoting youth and agriculture, has worked with Governors of Oklahoma and Secretary of Education, Sandy Garrett to keep vocational agriculture a vital part of of the public school curriculum.  Jimmy and his wife, Marilyn have one daughter, Keela Terry, who with her husband, David Terry, reside in Weatherford, Oklahoma, with their daughter, Taylor and son, Ryan.

Randy Gilbert

President, Southwest American Livestock Foundation

Dr. Clint Rusk

Head of the Department of Animal Science – Oklahoma State University

Tyler Norvell

Executive Director – Oklahoma Youth Expo
Jared Boehs

Jared Boehs

President of The Sirloin Club of Oklahoma

Chad Warmington

President & CEO of the State Chamber of Oklahoma


21 Land Rush Street
Oklahoma City, OK 73107


Oklahoma State Fairgrounds
Oklahoma City, OK




9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.